Blake Lively wants Dublin to be her “second home”, after spending a few months here filming upcoming spy thriller The Rhythm Section.
Last year, the Gossip Girl star teamed up with The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano to film scenes for the movie in Dublin and Wicklow – and she looked unrecognisable in pictures taken on set.
The Rhythm Section will be the movie adaption of the first book in Mark Burnell’s four-part series, and the story follows the lead character, Stephanie Patrick (Blake), whose life is ruined when her family are all killed in a plane crash.
However, she then discovers that the plane crash wasn’t an accident, and turns into a deadly assassin – determined to take revenge on the people responsible.
With three other books in the series, Blake is hoping the film will follow in the footsteps of the James Bond films and turn into a franchise – which means she’ll get to spend more time in Ireland.
Blake told Independent.ie Style, “If everybody goes and sees The Rhythm Section in theatres in February, then we’ll have to do some more films in Ireland.”
“There’s about five books, so Ireland will be our second home. Dublin will be my second home.”
While filming in Ireland, Blake was joined by movie star husband Ryan Reynolds, and their two daughters James, three, and Ines, one.
The happy family were regularly spotted in local eateries around Dublin and Wicklow – but Blake’s favourite spot had to be Avoca, which she discovered after a family walk around Powerscourt House.
Blake gushed, “Oh my God have you been to Avoca? You have to visit Ireland just to go to Avoca.”
“Heaven how it’s described in the bible is inaccurate. Heaven is what Avoca is. It’s handweavers & amazing pastries – it is heaven. Everybody is going to be, ‘She’s disgracing the bible’, I was joking but Avoca is so good.”